In August The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s celebrated 36 years of serving a free meal to anyone in need every single day. 36 years is quite a feat, our volunteers have worked in blizzards, ice, extreme heat, power outages, and so much more. This accomplishment is not possible without the dedication of every single person who has ever volunteered for or donated to this program.
This year we celebrated simply by providing mini cupcakes and birthday napkins to our guests at breakfast. Our volunteers carried on as they do any other day. In a way this simple dedication and the act of showing up is the thing that most impresses me about this program. It is made possible by ordinary people who just show up for one another.
Thank you all for your efforts this year and every year. May we continue to open our doors until the day that no one is in need.
As we have now entered the holiday season I would like to share a poem that was left at breakfast several years ago by a guest. It is simply a reminder of why we do what we do. Enjoy.
Each day without fail you have provided a table
Each day without fail through rainstorm, blizzard, heat, cold
Each day without fail food and fellowship
An expression of the love of God
Ask and you shall receive
Each day without fail
Because of circumstance some of us sometimes have our faith in others challenged.
With each cup of coffee you awaken something inside
With each bowl of oatmeal you feed the hunger for compassion within
The apples and oranges, fruits of your kindness for all to share
Each day without fail
St. Andrew’s is morning sanctuary from criticism and despair,
an even greater blessing
A good way to begin each day without fail
Thank you, you remind me of something Jesus said:
“What you do unto the Least of mine, you do unto me.”
The Breakfast Program has once again partnered with Ten Thousand Villages for a holiday shopping fundraiser. Please consider doing some holiday shopping at Ten Thousand Villages between November 27th and December 8th. If you mention The Breakfast Program we will receive 15% of your purchase. This is a great way to support a local business and The Breakfast Program at the same time! Ten Thousand Villages is located at 303 S. Main Street in Ann Arbor.